Windows 10 build 14366 and the Office Online Extension for Edge

Today, June 15th  2016 Microsoft released the 14366 build. When looking at the ‘What’s new’ for this build, you see there’s only one new feature:

New features in Windows 10 build 14366
New features in Windows 10 build 14366

Wait a minute, ‘Office Online extension’? Not much descriptive text to go by, but it could be interesting, so let’s have a look!

First things first, we need to get this extension – apparently – installed, so click the hyperlink in on the What’s new web page, this opens the Windows 10 Store and there you can install it:

Office Online in the Windows 10 Store
Office Online in the Windows 10 Store

Yep, that seems about right! If you look at the full app description, you’ll see the following:

Office Online App description
Office Online App description

Well.. ok.. if you have an Office 365 subscription you’ll know you have access to the Online editions of most ProPlus equivalents, such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint. So where exactly does this Office Online extension position itself in relation to these apps? Does it this integrate? Or replace? “Click the Install button already”, I hear you! I clicked it..

If you’re doing this while you’re in a web browser, you’ll get a popup-type of thingy in the top-right hand corner, probably due to unfortunate rendering:

Office Online shows up in Edge!
Office Online shows up in Edge!

Assuming this is because it’s an early build on a preview OS (14366 is in Insider fast ring right now), I’ll just go ahead and click ‘Turn it on’. Nothing happens.. Go into the Edge options and click ‘Extensions’:

Entering Edge's extensions
Entering Edge’s extensions’

There you can see Office Online is turned on:

Office Online extensions enabled in Edge
Office Online extensions enabled in Edge

If you click the cog-wheel, you get additional options:

Office Online extension options
Office Online extension options

I really like the idea to have a shortcut in the address bar, so I enabled that option and see what happens:

Office Online in the address bar
Office Online in the address bar

Ready to go! Let’s click it!

Office Online first launch
Office Online first launch

Most of you would know this, but let’s be complete here:

  • OneDrive; used for personal account-based OneDrive accounts
  • OneDrive for Business; used for tenant accounts (used with Sharepoint)

For the sake of this demo I will show the OneDrive for Business edition in this blog. Select OneDrive for Business and click the ‘Sign in’-button. You’re than redirected to the Office 365 portal page. Obviously use your Office 365 tenant account and finish the sign-on process:

Office Online portal
Office Online portal

If you click ‘Yes’, the page closes and nothing appears to be happening, however if you click the Office Online button in the address bar, you’re presented with your most recent files, coming from your Office 365 SharePoint environment:

Office Online recent files
Office Online recent files

Now you have a number of menu options:

  • New; create a new file in Sharepoint
  • Open; open a file from Sharepoint, or your local machine
  • Account; change account settings (i.e.: sign in to your personal OneDrive account)
  • Settings; send feedback regarding this extension

Obviously the latter two pretty much speak for themselves, but let’s look at the Open feature. If you click Open, you’re presented with another choice:

Opening a file from OneDrive for Business
Opening a file from OneDrive for Business

This redirects you to your Personal portion of your tenant account:

Personal OneDrive for Business
Personal OneDrive for Business’

If I – for example – open a Word document, it opens my document in Word Online:

Word Online
Word Online

But this was already possible, right? We were able to use these applications with our tenant accounts already, this isn’t new with the Office Online extension. But we have a very nifty little plugin, always at our disposal right here in Edge.

If you ask me, it’s a nice start to an extension that may boost your productivity even further, but it would seem better to include Sharepoint corporate data as well. You can obviously click the MyApps tile (9-dotted icon in the top-left corner) and click Sharepoint, but this feature is – again – already present and not introduced by the Office Online extension.

Funny little detail though is that the ‘Recent documents’-portion – shown at launching the extension – does show Sharepoint corporate data, so this might be a little taste of things to come!

– Office365Man OUT!

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